Fight Preview (VIA: Mirror.co.uk ) ** WATCH LIVE STREAM AT BOTTOM OF THIS PAGE **



After five long years of waiting, Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao is less than 48 hours away.

The prolonged build-up will probably explain the enormous worldwide excitement surrounding the fight, which is being billed as the ‘richest in the history of the sport’.

Tickets are on sale for astronomical amounts, while millions of people will be watching the fight via pay-per-view.

But when does the fight take place? Is it an all-nighter or an early wake-up call? And who is on the undercard?

Here is everything you need to know about the fight…

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When does the fight take place?
The fight takes place this Saturday, May 2, after three months of intense build-up from both camps.

What time will the fight actually start?
The doors for the arena will open for spectators to make their way in at 2pm local time, with the first fight taking place an hour later.

The main event, Mayweather vs Pacquiao, is currently listed for an 8pm local time start, but as always with these events, it could indeed be pushed later if the majority of fights on the undercard go the distance.

With regards to British time, the main event is set for a 4am start. Plenty of coffee and energy drinks at the ready if you are staying right through!
Where does the fight take place?
One of the most famous boxing venues, the MGM Grand Hotel, has been selected to host this fight.

Mayweather is fighting out of Vegas and is widely expected to have the backing of the crowd throughout the fight.

The MGM Grand is based on the Las Vegas strip and boasts 7,000 rooms and has 9,000 employees. The hotel expect 50,000 people to pass through between Friday and Saturday.

RexMGM Grand Hotel and Casino on Las Vegas Boulevard

Opinions are pretty spit with this fight but the bookmakers believe that unbeaten Michigan boxer Mayweather will have the upper hand and has been made favourite for the fight.

With Paddy Power, you can back Mayweather for as short of a price of 8/15, while Pacquiao is 7/4.

As for a draw, in the week building up to the fight, the price has dropped from 18/1 down to 16/1.

The most likely knockout is believed to be in rounds eight or nine, with Pacquiao being touted at 25/1 to get the job done in those rounds. Mayweather is liked for a points victory.

Experienced referee Kenny Bayless has been appointed to officiate the bout.

Nevada Commission-appointed Bayless is no stranger to either competitor, having stepped into the ring with either competitor a total of nine times previously.

Mayweather worked with Bayless in his rematch against Marcos Maidana, as well the bouts with Canelo Alvarez, Shane Mosley and Oscar De La Hoya.

For Pacquiao, Bayless officiated in his rematch with Timothy Bradley, his bouts with Mosley and Miguel Cotto while also orchestrating the third and fourth scraps against Juan Manuel Marquez.

The selected judges for the fight were Burt Clements, Dave Moretti and Glenn Feldman.

Odds (VIA: Uwin)

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